Krupa has completed her Bachelor in Physiotherapy and her Master in Public in Public Health, with a specialization in Epidemiology from India Since her completion of Master in Public Health (MPH) from Manipal University in July 2015, Krupa pursued her passion for social work and has been working with Muskan Foundation, an NGO catering to the needs and requirements of MDVI children. She is the Chief Operating Officer for all the 3 centers of Muskan across Mumbai, India. She has been involved in monitoring and evaluation of the rehabilitation and therapy programs for atypical children at Muskan and has been a part of the fundraising events such as Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, Joy of Giving week, etc. She has conducted more than 20 Awareness drives across the city of Mumbai related to multiple disabilities.
Objectives: 1) To measure the different domains of quality of life in post-treatment head and neck cancer patients and 2) To find associations between the type of treatment and the quality of life in the patients. Methodology: Descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted from January to June 2015 among 144 radically treated head and neck cancer patients above the age of 18 years using EORTC QLQ-30 and QLQ H&N-35 Questionnaires. Data Analysis: Data analysis was done using SPSS Version 15. Major Results: The main areas affecting the QOL of the patients were Social, Cognitive and Emotional Functioning, financial problems, fatigue, dyspnea, appetite loss, sexual problems, trouble with social contact, and symptoms of dry mouth, a problem related to senses, difficulty in mouth opening and speech problems. Three-fourths of the patients used analgesic medication for pain control. Early-stage tumors showed significantly better scores on pain, speech, social eating, teeth problems and dryness of mouth. The groups with combined modalities outscored the Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy groups on almost all scales. Conclusion: Head and Neck cancer (HNC) has a significant burden of symptoms at presentation. There have not been many studies that have measured the long-term QoL outcomes in HNC survivors in developing countries. A simple and explicit questionnaire, as used in this study could help in quickly screening for the symptom burden and QoL in these patients and this would definitely help in the delivery of better symptom-directed therapies and achieving the holy goal of palliative care.
Keywords: Head and Neck, Quality of Life.